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PLACERVILLE, Calif. — A piece of Placerville history is closing. Randolph Jewelers will shut its doors for good after more than 160 years of business.
A plaque outside its door claims the shop, which opened in 1852, the oldest continuously run jewelry store west of the Mississippi.
"We got our 50th wedding band here," said Donna Parsons.
Donna Parsons and her husband Rick have made Randolph Jewelers part of their family tradition, having bought their 50th wedding band there. Others, like Wendy Thomas, have also done the same.
"Our son made his wife's ring here," said Wendy Thomas. "Life's special moments come from Randolph's."
According to Charles Stephens, who bought the store from Mr. Rudolph in 1982, has a long line of history.
"I kept the name, because it was a very well respected name," Stephens said. "And plus, the neon signs, you can't get that past the planning commission anymore."
Stephens said he is sad to leave and didn't have any family interested in continuing the business. He is looking forward to retirement.
"I reached my sell-by date," Stephens joked. "I can't do this forever. At some point it was gonna come to an end."
There are currently sales of up to 80 percent off and the store will close once they sell all their items.
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